Underequipped and Unpaid, Mosul’s Civil Defenders Reunite the Dead With the Living


A month passed since Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi declared victory in the battle to clear Islamic State from Mosul. A hesitant calm has descended over the city as neighborhoods that residents abandoned during the fighting are gradually... Read more

In 1981, Weather and Reporters Stymied a Complicated Air Ambush in Sudan


In reaction to Libya claiming all of the Gulf of Syrte as its territorial... Read more

Not Every Civil War Is a Guerilla War


Civil wars have been given fairly blunt analysis for years. Security analysts have painted... Read more

The Union Cavalry Raid That Inspired James Mattis


On April 17, 1863, a former music teacher with a fear of horses —... Read more

A Lot of Hard Work Stands Between India and Its Own Stealth Fighter


In 2008, India’s Aeronautical Development Agency began developing a multi-role fighter to replace its... Read more
High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Donald Trump
Let me try to get this straight — from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently...
Breaking Down the North Korea Crisis

Breaking Down the North Korea Crisis

Whatever you might have heard over the last several days, the United States isn’t about to be engulfed in...
The Russian Navy Is in a Death Spiral

The Russian Navy Is in a Death Spiral Hot

Over the past year, the Russian navy has undertaken several high visibility operations, most notably the deployment of the...

Breve historia del ─ finalmente ─ impresionante helicóptero Hind

Breve historia del ─ finalmente ─ impresionante helicóptero Hind

El helicóptero ruso de ataque Mi-24 lleva más de 47 años volando. Ya es hora de que desmontemos algunos...

Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighters Are Underpowered and Outnumbered

Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighters Are Underpowered and Outnumbered Hot

The Russian air force will start to take delivery of initial production versions of the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA fifth-generation...

In 1987, a Rogue U.S. Navy Admiral Schemed for War With Iran

In 1987, a Rogue U.S. Navy Admiral Schemed for War With Iran

By 1987, the Iran-Iraq War had turned the Persian Gulf into a shooting gallery. As part of a total...

Donald Trump Repeats Bigoted Pershing Myth

Donald Trump Repeats Bigoted Pershing Myth

U.S. president Donald Trump repeated a widely-discredited and bigoted myth in the aftermath of an Aug. 17, 2017, terrorist...

South Korea Will Try to Blow Up Kim Jong Un If He Launches Nukes

South Korea Will Try to Blow Up Kim Jong Un If He Launches Nukes

This story originally appeared on Sept. 14, 2016. If North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un orders a nuclear strike...

The Captain of the Carrier USS ‘Franklin’ Is a Case Study in How Not to Lead

The Captain of the Carrier USS ‘Franklin’ Is a Case Study in How Not to Lead

Seldom does your humble scribe come away incensed from reading history. The saga of the World War II aircraft...

Soviet Nuke Attack Could Have Cut Off U.S. Missile Submarines

Soviet Nuke Attack Could Have Cut Off U.S. Missile Submarines

This story originally appeared on Oct. 16, 2015. A key component of the U.S. doctrine of mutually assured destruction — commonly...

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